Whirl Wind

Well it's been a whirl wind of crazy madness since we sold our house and had less than a month to find a new place to live and move 24 years of treasures. I'm some what of a hoarder but I'm a hoarder with a purpose.  I save junky things thinking someday I will repurpose it into something really cool. Add that to all my good stuff and all I can say is Uff Dah!  I should be unpacking and organizing but I was suffering from crafting withdrawal.  And since one of our neighbors invited us over to meet some other neighbors I didn't want to show up empty handed so that gave me a perfect excuse to make something.

I've made these cute little guys before but this time I changed it up.  I brought the gloves at the dollar store and have always used the regular knit ones that come two pair for a dollar.  This time I thought I would try the fuzzy ones but didn't realize they were the kids size so after I cut the fingers off  it was a little more challenging to get them over the Hersey's nugget, then I had to add a glue dot to keep them on.



While making sheep cards for my niece, I was inspired to make some new styles of sheep for the Etsy shop. These little guys have a primitive look to them.
 He comes in a tree ornament form and a pin/brooch form.
These guys are less primitive but equally adorable.
You can also get them in ornament or pin form.
Oh, then I thought I would post a pic to show my table isn't always as cluttered as my mind.
 Dining room table.
Three season porch table.


Card Buffet

I had my first ever card buffet last week and it was a hit so I think there will be another in the future.  I have a better feel for what the people want and can offer more options without a lot of extra work.
Here are the projects.
These were the tags I offered and they sold out.

The gift card holder sold out as well.  I even sold the sample one.
I used a bunch of different designer paper for these and the music one sold out immediately.
I made extra of these 'cause it seems I'm always out of sympathy cards, so I figured it they didn't sell I could use them.
I had a lot of these left over and I guess it's just to limited as to who it would be used for, as I took a couple of the left overs and stamped trees on the other side, now it's more versatile.  Clever, aren't I?
I did the same thing for this one.
These are kind of  wintery generic cards.
These two are my favorites.  I can't get enough of the window frame cards and I love the vintage fawn designer paper.




Sheep Cards

My niece special ordered some sheep cards from me. She has a flock of all sorts of sheep that she raises for the wool.  She has them sheared, the wool cleaned, then she spins it into wool, dyes it and knits with it.  These are the cards I made for her.

They inspired me to design a couple more sheep items for my Etsy shop.


My mind is as cluttered as my table

This is what my dining room table looks like when I'm designing cards.

All I have to say for myself is uff dah! It's no wonder I can't sleep at night. My next event is going to be a card buffet where I have all the cutting and stamping done so they can drop by and choose as many cards as they want, then take them home and put them together at their leisure.  So far I have a guy card, a sympathy card and a baby/toddler card cut stamped and ready to roll.  Now I need to clear off my table so I can think straight, then I'll be working on a couple of winter themed cards.


Cards for my customers

I tried really really hard to make them all the same, but I just couldn't do it. In fact, there are no two the same.

 This one I put vellum in the center.

I stamped the inside with versa mark.


Attaching words

 Do you like to use the die cut words on you cards, but don't like dealing with the messy glue that gets everywhere?  Well, there is a solution for that. I discovered it on Stamping with Linda's blog. You an watch the video here.
I attached double sided tape on the back side of my card stock, then ran it through my Big Shot
Just take the backing off the tape and ta dah, you can just place it wherever you on your card.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I found this post in my drafts, I'm pretty sure I posted the recipe before, but it's so yummy, it's worth posting again. In fact now I'm so craving it I think I will bake up a pan today.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars 
Preheat oven to 325
1 (18.25) package yellow cake mix  (I used caramel cake mix)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used a caramel almond spread)
2 eggs
Combine in a large bowl and mix until smooth.  Press into a 9 x 13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup mixture to crumble on top.
1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Melt in a small pan and pour over cake mixture.
Crumble the reserved cake mixture on to top evenly.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting into bars


Clear Pouches

 I really like these clear pouches from Fun Stampers Journey.
This one I jazzed up.  I stamped it with Fun Stampers Journey Black Ink, then heat set it with my trusty heat gun just to be sure it wasn't going anywhere, then added a couple of flowers and gems.
It's going to be perfect to toss a half of dozen cards in and give to someone special.

I also use them when I have a stamp set and coordinating die to keep them together.


Fun Stampers Journey Event

Here are the projects we made at the Fun Stampers.

I love this project.  I made one using the hot cocoa Keurig cups and a larger one for the packets. We glued the snowflake onto a paper clip but for my friends that like to mass produce, you could staple the corner and attach the snowflake over the top.
And if you don't want to spend time coloring
 the hats, you could just stamp them on red cardstock.
We made spinner cards.  The star spins around and it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
I just had to do an autumn card being it's my favorite season and all.

My customers are always saying they never have enough guy cards, so I've been incorporating more of them into my events.

And lastly this quick and easy card using an embossing folder and a flowers stamp and die set.


Another sneek peek

Here is another little peek into what will be happening on Thursday for my Fun Stampers Journey group.



I love fall, it's my favorite season and with fall comes layering. I also love layering, whether it's clothes or cards. So in honor of layering, here is a card.  It's certainly not one of my favorites, I'm not sure if it the colors or what but it did give me an idea to run with for another card.


Fun Stampers Journey

Fun Stampers Journey is having a back to basics 20% off sale. Check out the sales flyer here.
In honor of the sale I'm having another card making event so here is a little sneak peek of a couple of the projects.

I can't show the entire projects until after the event as I don't want to spoil the fun for guests that read my blog and come to the events.


Fun Fold Card

I made a fun fold card, otherwise known as a Z fold using a doily cut from vellum and my new doily die. I used the Flower Layer and Die set for the flowers and leaves.

This is the perfect style to send to someone that likes to display their cards as it stands up very nicely.  by itself.